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Month-by-Month in North Florida: What to Plant in March (UPDATED FOR 2017)



This is one of our prime planting times in North Florida, the time when we plant most of what people consider summer annuals and vegetables. There are still a few hardier winter crops you can plant, but I try to get those into the ground as early in the month as possible.

Since there are so many entries for this month, I've made a separate list of those vegetables where March is the absolute last month to plant them. Try to get them into the ground early if you're planting from seed.

Annuals to plant in March in North Florida 

Your cool weather annuals will probably thrive for another month or so if the temps don't get too high, but consider adding some of the warmer season annuals now as well. Check out your local garden centers to see what they are offering.

Angelonia Coleus Cosmos Marigold Zinnia

Bulbs to plant in March in North Florida:


Looking for some beautiful summer blooms? These bulbs will provide that, and cannas and gingers can also provide lovely foliage. You can also plant edible gingers, such as common ginger and turmeric, this month. They grow well in containers, but be sure to have a container large enough for them to spread.

Canna Dahlia Gloriosa lilies Ginger


Last Chance to Plant These Vegetables


While eggplants and peppers are known to be good summer crops in North Florida, the seeds need to be planted by the end of this month, because they need cooler temps to germinate. You can purchase and plant starts later, but I recommend not past April, because they need a chance to establish themselves before the hot weather hits.

Arugula Carrots Eggplant Kohlrabi
Onions, Bunching Peas, Snow or
English
Peppers Radish
Spinach

Vegetables to Plant in North Florida in March



It's time to plant some of those veggies that will survive our summers now so they can grow strong enough to survive the heat. If you love your summer watermelons, they go into the ground this month as well.


Beans Cantaloupe Corn Cucumbers
Okra Peas, SouthernSweet Potatoes Squash, Summer
Squash, Winter Swiss Chard TomatoesWatermelon

Lots of possibilities this month to get in a last planting of a few of those cool weather crops and start your warm weather crops.  If you don't want to garden in the summer, southern peas make a great nitrogen-fixing cover crop that is easy-care and can be tilled under in the fall -- after you harvest all those lovely peas, of course.

Happy Gardening!

Garden Diary: March 10, 2017


Triple Yellow Datura
Finally got in the mood and planted some seeds yesterday  and today, but only a few of each. Got some of the seeds from eBay, so hoping they are good. I think I chose good sellers, though. Had conversations with them before I ordered.

Triple Yellow Datura
Double Purple Datura
Hibiscus acetosella (cranberry hibiscus)
Hibiscus sabdariffa (Florida cranberry, Jamaica sorrel - pretty red edible calyxes)

Got some pepper seeds last year from a Gardenweb friend, so planted a few of those.

Fish Pepper
Credit: Smithsonian Website

Fish Pepper - ornamental cayenne. I really hope this one comes up, because it's so beautiful.
Giant Szegedi - pale yellow large sweet pepper
Bell Grande Mix - mixed color sweet peppers
Cubanelle
I also transplanted Amazon Lily and Walking Iris out into the south facing bed, which is going to be the bulb & perennial bed. I'm trying to get everything out there into "groups" to make a bigger impact when they bloom.

I'll probably transplant some of these peppers out into the space my Chinese friend gave me in his garden, which is actually a city community garden he had sort of taken over. I think it's getting to be too much for him, though, and he needs some help.

Well, so much for now. Will be doing a lot in the garden the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

Photo Credits:
Triple Yellow Datura Metel by dupee419 CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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Garden Diary: March 7, 2017

Pigeon Pea Flowers

I've finally started working in the gardens, and so far, I've gotten a lot done. Unfortunately, I am not pleased with the camera on my phone, so don't have a lot of pics for you today. I'm going to have to break down and buy a battery charger and proper batteries for my camera if I want decent pictures.

I took out the papaya today, and replaced it with a rooted limb of the pink angel trumpet (Brugmansia) and a rooted cutting of the Hibiscus radiatus (burgundy flowers). I figured if one wasn't blooming the other would be, so there would always be flowers. Plus, I can keep them trimmed so they don't get higher than the wall and shade the courtyard.

Some things are starting to flower, like the pigeon pea above and this red crown of thorns. The yellow one I left out in the south facing garden made it through the winter fine, so I may put this one in the ground out thre too. It's a pretty plant, but I was thinking of selling it, because it's so painful to work with.

Red Thai Crown of Thorns
The green wandering jew I planted under the hibiscus last year is starting to bloom. I need to go rake up the leaves under there this week, because I don't want to smother the other pretty things like the peacock ginger that will be coming up soon.

I noticed that the border grass on the corner of the walkway was getting trampled. I'm sure it's the neighbors. I've already had the girl tell me it was "unacceptable" that they had to walk single file on the VERY  narrow walkway so as not to crush my plants, so I put this up. Hope they get the message. The hole is to allow water to run through. Yes, this is how the outside garden looks after the winter, but it will soon be gorgeous again.



I'm really glad I took a chance on the SuperSweet 100 cherry tomatoes this year. They are growing like mad and setting dozens of fruits, so I think they will see me through the summer. The Cherokee Purple has sprouted two branches and both are blooming. I started pruning the tomatoes this year, and it's really helped them set more fruit and be more productive.

I have so many plans for the garden this year, but it will be a lot of work, and I've wasted a lot of time this winter doing nothing. Just wasn't motivated, but hopefully, it will go quickly now in the next couple of months.


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